Streetlife: Competition for Berlin cyclists starts

29th February 2016

Whether by public transport, by car or by bike - in big cities people use and combine different modes of transport for their daily journeys. The mobile STREETLIFE App provides personalized information on smartphones to find the fastest route and the best possible sustainable transport. The best: real trees waiting for the sustainable road users and the most active cyclists! Each app user can directly participate in the competition.

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Enable sustainable mobility behavior

As part of the European Project STREETLIFE the multimodal user behavior is investigated. Currently available mobile route planners allow users to reach quickly their destination. The mobile application of STREETLIFE presents to users next to the duration, trip length and the generated CO2 emissions of a trip. Different transport routes for public transport, car traffic, pedestrian and bicycle traffic are offered and in addition combined to intermodal routes, which is developed and operated by VMZ Berlin. The user will be informed about all potential route options, fitting to their individual trip preferences. For the first time, the user can avoid danger spots for cyclists with bike routes specifically. These are based on analyzed accident statistics and surveys of cyclists. In addition, current weather data is taken into account.

More safety for cyclists

In addition to CO2 the application offers for cyclists the opportunity to be recommended safe trips for their daily cycling routes. The provision of safe cycling routes i.e. to bypass accident accident-prone intersections or weather-related accident black spots and/or recommended cycling paths with good quality. After finishing a performed trip, each user can make an assessment and review the trip recommendation to other users, to improve the quality of the data and system.

As part of the Berlin pilot field tests the traffic and social effects of the mobile application will be evaluated. The tests focus on question of how thereby mobility behavior of the users is changing. Would be the proposed routes used by the testers? How often users digress from it and what are the reasons for this?

"Bike Rider": The competition for cyclists

To focus on the use of the bicycle and the evaluation of objective and subjective safety, the "Bike Rider" game has been integrated into the STREETLIFE app as special. If a route contains of driven bike kilometers, the user would get points - shown as virtual green leaves which can be collected. Are there enough of those collected, virtual trees can be planted on the Berlin map within the app. At the end of the game two winners per game phase, get a real tree sponsorship, supported by SIEMENS in cooperation with the City Tree initiative of Berlin. For the project, it raises the question of whether the subjects were motivated by this playful component in directions to increase the use of environmentally friendly means of transport.

Participants wanted for the field trial

Interested users are welcome. A least a smartphone is needed with the Android operating system (version 4.4), with 1 GB of memory (RAM) as well as mobile Internet access and GPS support. Registration is not mandatory, but desirable for research purposes.

The app is available on the Google Play Store since February 15th 2016. The field test in Berlin runs from March through May 2016. During this time, three phases of play (one month each) will be performed.

The STREETLIFE project

STREETLIFE is a project funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7 / 2007-2013, grant agreement no. 608991) within the call Reducing urban carbon emissions through sustainable, on information and communication technologies (ICT) based mobility solutions is the overarching goal of the STREET LIFE project.

In the Berlin pilot are involved: Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz, DLR - Institut für Verkehrsforschung, Fraunhofer FOKUS, SIEMENS and VMZ Berlin.